Born on January 3, 1972, Charlie Wi is a South Korean professional golfer who attended the University of California- Berkeley. He currently plays on the PGA Tour but has previously played on the European and Asian Tours. Wi was born in Seoul, South Korea, but later moved to Los Angeles as a child. He enjoyed a successful amateur career while attending the University of Nevada in Reno before moving to University of California. He turned professional in 2005.
Early in his professional career, Wi played on tournaments all over the globe including the European, Japanese, and Asian Tours. He finished second on the money list on the Asian Tour in 2001, just a notch behind Thongchai Jaidee. He passed all three stages of the 2004 Qualifying school to earn his pass for the PGA Tour in 2005. However, a poor performance in his rookie season cost him his tour card. He returned to the Asian Tour in 2006, where he placed 4th on the money list. He also played on the Nationwide Tour and competed on the second tier before he went to Q school to regain his playing card for the PGA 2007.
Wi won his biggest career victory in 2006 at the Maybank Malaysian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours. He has won a total of 2 titles as an amateur, the 1990 California State Amateur Championship and the 1995 Southern California Amateur Championship, and seven professional wins, including the Maybank Malaysian Open title, the Volvo China Open title, and the SK Telecom Open.